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New Thumbnails! The Jay Dee Show 20

Upgrading! There have been a few changes to the channel. The biggest one you’ll notice is that the thumbnails have completely changed! Second thing is that I’ve started using Filmora, but only for one video so far. And third is a new series about World Building. But there’s more to come this coming week on both channels. That’s right, both channels!

On my main channel, I uploaded 5 videos, all with new thumbnails. They’re bolder and look a lot cleaner, I think.

First up is my latest Star Trek Project video with a review of episode 9, “Dagger of the Mind.” Check it out!

Next up is the first world building video. In this one, I introduce the series.

And the same day, I uploaded episode 1 of the world building series, this one talking about how to choose the star for your new world. I used Filmora to edit this video. It uses an overlay!

Up next is my regular weekly Retro Book Review, now with an all new thumbnail. The review is for The Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan. Loved the book! Check out the review.

And finally, the regular weekly Authors Answer video. And this one is all about different types of publishing.

There was nothing for my science channel, but I have recorded a couple videos that will be up in the next few days. Those are the channel trailers for my main channel and the science channel. As time permits, I’ll be recording an introductory video for the science channel, as well. Due to a busy work schedule, there will be few videos over the next week.

So, what did you think of the new thumbnails? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below. And also let me know which videos you enjoyed.

World Building Now on Video

I’ve started adapting my world building posts for video! I’ll be bringing the information to a whole new audience. For those of you who haven’t read my world building posts yet, you can also watch the videos.

Here’s the introductory video, which I never made a post about:

But the second video, or should I say the first episode, is based on a blog post. You’ll find that the post is more detailed, but the video has the most important points. Check out how to choose a star.

This is also the first series of videos I’m making that uses thumbnails that I hope will be eyecatching. Let me know what you think.

Week in Review – February 12, 2017

My cold got worse, then it got better. But that’s how it goes, right? But big things have been happening in the past week. Something new is coming very soon!

Reading

I’ve made a little progress reading, but not much. I’m now at 7% in Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. I’ll be taking the bus more this week, so I expect more.

Writing

No writing, but I’m working on some world building. And that’s another story for another section below.

Videos

There’s been an improvement here. On my main channel, I posted 3 videos. However, there’s a big video coming this week. My first world building video! My science channel is coming around, as well. No videos yet, but I’ve got my channel trailer planned, and I’ll also be doing a lot of videos in April for the A to Z Challenge.

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

Nothing, but I noticed that Japanese is finally going to be coming on Duolingo.

The Blog

Like I mentioned before, I’ll be doing the A to Z Challenge in April, and my focus will be on science. I’ll be doing a 10 facts list for each science topic, plus videos that’ll be on my science channel.

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

I should have 6 videos going up on my main channel this week, and I plan on making the channel trailer for my science channel. On the blog, the usual will be happening, but I’d like to do another Read the World post, as well as more Star Trek.

How was your week?

Back to World Building

World building is an important part of fantasy and sometimes science fiction. Creating new worlds is a very complex task, and it’s something I enjoy a lot. On this blog, I’ve been writing about world building. You can check out what I’ve done so far here.

I’ve made some big plans for it, which I talked about before. I have many topics I want to talk about and go through in detail. I started out very scientifically, but much of what I’ll be doing deals with society, culture, laws, and even things like magic. There are many areas to research and present.

In addition to blog posts, I’ll be doing videos that correspond with each blog post. What I’ll be able to do on video is show you a bit more about the process. I’ll be starting off with choosing a star, then moving on to developing the planet, and a bit of a side video talking about creating a calendar for an alien world.

But if you check out the post I’ve done before, I asked about what else you would like to see. So, if you have any suggestions, then please let me know in the comments below.

Back to Normal? Short and Long Term Goals

Now that we’re back from holiday, and I still have a couple days off from work, I can get back to work on everything. I’ve already written about plans for 2016, but I want to make some more specific things clear.

First of all, some immediate goals.

  • Catch up on comments.
  • Month in Review for December.
  • Weekly Review for the end of December/beginning of January.
  • A major project that will consist of only one post. It should come later today.

Now some long term goals.

  • Authors Answer will continue weekly, despite my time away from computers and the internet in late March/early April. I’ll just have the posts scheduled.
  • Quick Facts will be weekly, and maybe at some point bi-weekly.
  • Put up the Taste of Japan videos regularly.
  • Make Life in Japan videos based on the posts I’ve done on this blog.
  • Write regularly after our move to Canada
  • Read every day at home, and hopefully read 25 books this year.
  • Regularly update my parenting blog this year.
  • Get back to work on my Japan blog.
  • Keep my official author’s site updated every month.
  • Get a domain name for my official author’s site?
  • Start on some major content for my official author’s site.
  • Worldbuilding posts every week.
  • Study French every day.
  • Study Japanese every day.
  • Study Spanish occasionally until I finish French on duolingo. Then every day.
  • Get a car.
  • Get a new job in Canada.
  • Write multiple short stories and flash fiction.
  • Enter a couple writing competitions.
  • Join the recreation centre near our Canada home and try skating and swimming often.

Some specific aspects:

Worldbuilding – I’ve done so few posts on this, but I have so many to do. I’d like to work on writing these weekly. I have a list of topics to write about, and it’ll be extremely thorough.

Writing – Journey to Ariadne needs to be completed this year. I will also start on the first Ariadne novel and possibly the solar system novella series.

Languages – I will complete the test drives, and whenever any new language comes out, I’ll test drive that, as well. But for now, finish the course on duolingo for French while also doing Spanish at a slower pace. Once French is done, work on the reverse course and do Spanish every day while I study German at a slow pace. This pattern continues. Once I finish Spanish, German takes over, and I start Irish. Once German is finished, Irish is my focus, and I start on Norwegian. Then Russian, and so on.

Quick Facts – I’ll resume working on Astronomy Quick Facts, focusing on the moons of the solar system. I also want to get started on Geography, which will go through the countries of the world alphabetically. The other one I’d like to work on is Dinosaurs, also alphabetically.

At the beginning of the year, I feel ambitious. I just wonder if I can do all of this. These are just plans, so I can’t guarantee if they’ll all happen. I can hope.

Anything interesting catch your eye?

Mission Statement – Writing

The third part of my mission statement has to do with the biggest aspect of this blog — writing. I use this blog to talk about writing, show my own writing, and direct your attention to my official blog for my writing.

With my efforts to refocus and organise everything for the new year, much of this will be unchanged for writing, but I will work on a regular series. Here are some of the things you can expect to see.

Worldbuilding

I’ve already done a few articles on worldbuilding, but have been silent on that for a while. I’m going to work on getting a weekly or biweekly series on worldbuilding going. You can see the current articles here, and some plans for future worldbuilding articles here. There’s a lot to write about.

Flash Fiction

I haven’t done much of this lately, either. I plan to get back into it and try a weekly flash fiction story about pretty much anything.

Ariadne

Journey to Ariadne hasn’t seen any progress lately, but that’s mainly due to trying to focus on the move to Canada. After the move, I should have a lot more time and more privacy. I’ll be doing a lot more then. However, there are some other things that I’ll start writing up for the official blog, though I will link to them from here. This is what you can expect to see:

  • Character profiles
  • Country profiles (though this will be limited to physical geography for the time being)
  • Animal and plant life
  • Artwork

Other Writing

I will post about writing as usual about various topics. There’s no particular focus here. Mainly what comes to mind.

What are you interested in seeing? Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.

Tinkering and Geekery

Have you noticed anything different in the menu bar above? Probably not, because not much has changed. I tweaked the order of the items so it’s easier to view some of the nested menu options.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be making a few more minor changes to streamline things. But I’ll also be making another change. Not so much a change, but more like a focus. All of the topics you see here are related to science, knowledge, and speculative fiction. Sounds geeky, doesn’t it? Recently, my blog posts have been all over the place about many different subjects. I want a better focus. I’ll be doing a lot on various geeky topics, which isn’t really a change at all. The big thing is going to be Quick Facts, which I’ll try to make into a weekly series. Or maybe biweekly. It really depends. Also, I’d like to make my Worldbuilding series into a weekly feature.

These changes will help keep fans of science and fantasy/sci-fi worldbuilding coming back regularly. I’ll probably start them in the new year, though don’t be surprised if something happens before then.

What are you interested in seeing?